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Ch 24.3 Solar Energy & Winds

Ch 24.3 Solar Energy & Winds

Author: deirdre carney
  • Describe processes by which solar energy heats troposphere
  • Identify local & global winds
  • Explain how winds are produced

Nevada Science Standards

E.12.A.4 Students know that convection and radiation play important roles in moving heat energy in the Earth system. E/S 

E.12.A.5 Students know that Earth’s rotation affects winds and ocean currents. I/S 

E.12.C.10 Students know Earth's systems have the sun as an external source of energy and the decay of radioactive isotopes and the gravitational energy from the earth’s original formation as two primary internal sources of energy. I/S 

Next Generation Science Standards

HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate. 

HS-ESS1-1. Develop a model based on evidence to illustrate the life span of the sun and the role of nuclear fusion in the sun’s core to release energy that eventually reaches Earth in the form of radiation. 

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Video Clip: Coriolis Effect

Coriolis Effect - Weather (winds and ocean currents), not ...... :)

Video Clip: Heat Transfer Song

Review the three ways Heat is Transferred:


Chapter 24.3 Solar Energy and Winds

Read Chapter 24.3 Solar Energy and Winds pg 755-759. Outline the reading in your Science Notebook & include major points and diagrams/tables.
You should focus on the following essential questions:
-What happens to the energy Earth receives from the sun
-How is energy transferred within the troposphere
-What causes winds
-What are some examples of local and global winds


Source: Prentice Hall Physical Science - Concepts in Action

Video Clip: The Coriolis Force and the Trade Winds - Gaspard Gustave de Coriolis

Watch video and take notes in our science notebook.

Video Clip: How does the Jet Stream work

Watch video and take notes in your science notebook.

Video Clip: Causes of Wind and Local Winds

Watch video and take notes in your science notebook.